Major Research Tools

Dictionary of African Biography

Full-Text, Reference

Biographical information on the men and women who shaped Africa's history from earliest times to the present.

Encyclopaedia of Islam Online

Full-Text, Reference

Authoritative reference source on Islam and the Islamic world. Includes access to the completed second edition, the Glossary and Index of Terms and the in-progress third edition.

Encyclopedia of Africa

Full-Text, Reference

Encyclopedia covering the history, politics, and culture of African countries.

Historical Abstracts

Time period covered: 1450 to present; Publication coverage: 1954 to present

Indexes journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations on the history of the world, except the United States and Canada. Subjects include diplomatic history, economics, international relations, and political science.

Oxford Islamic Studies Online


Collection of works on Islam and the Islamic world. Includes scholarly encyclopedia articles, Qur'anic materials, and primary sources.

Other Suggested Research Tools

Africa South of the Sahara


Gateway to online resources about Africa. The annotated links are grouped by region, country, or topic and may also be searched by keyword.

African Online Digital Library

Gateway to web site with primary sources, particularly multimedia sources, on African history.

AHA Guide to Historical Literature

Location: Skillman Ref; Call #: D20 A46 1995x

Highly selective, annotated bibliography of books and articles in every field of historical scholarship. Bibliographies are organized geographically and further subdivided by time period and topic.

Christian-Muslim Relations Online

An online bibliography that provides general history of relations between the two faiths as represented in works written by Christians and Muslims about the other and against the other.

Encyclopaedia Islamica

Full-Text, Reference

An abridged translation of a Persian encyclopedia that is one of the most comprehensive sources on Islam and the Muslim world. Particularly strong in coverage of Shiʿi Islam. Still a work-in-progress; not many volumes of the translation have been completed yet.

MEMRI: Middle East Media Research Institute


English translations of Middle Eastern media ("special dispatches") plus analysis of media reports ("inquiry and analysis").

Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

Full-Text, Reference

Reference work that covers "all key aspects of European history, society, and culture from 500 to 1500 A.D., as well as the Byzantine Empire, Islamic dynasties, and Asiatic peoples of the era."

Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought

Full-Text, Reference

Encyclopedia on the intellectual tradition of Africa and the African diaspora. Covers trends in African philosophy, political theory, and religion, as well as significant historical figures and social movements.

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

Full-Text, Reference
Reference work that covers all aspects of the period from the fifth to the fifteenth century. With a focus on focus on Europe and Christendom, it also covers the rise of Islam and people of other cultures with whom Europeans came into contact.

Specialized Collections

African National Congress

Current and historical information on the ANC and South African politics and government. For historical documents arranged by theme, select the Documents tab and then Collections.

Diversity & Tolerance in the Islam of West Africa

Full-Text, Visual Resource

This digital library contains archival and research materials such as audio and video interviews, transcripts, photographs, maps, and documents that explore Islamic practices in the West African countries of Senegal and Ghana.

Encyclopaedia Iranica


Scholarly encyclopedia covering Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Still a work-in-progress based at Columbia University.

ETANA: Electronic Tools and Ancient Near Eastern Archives

Collection of core texts--both ancient and modern--on the ancient Near East. Also includes guide to web resources for the study of the ancient Near East.

Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index

Coverage: 1994-present

Index of journal articles, book reviews, and essays about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages. Covers Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Provided by The University of Iowa Libraries.

Historical Atlas of Islam

Full-Text, Reference

Atlas of the Islamic world showing boundaries, trade routes, railways, empires, ethnic groups, etc.

Middle East 1916-2001: A Documentary Record


Collection of resolutions, agreements, statements, etc. relating to the history of the modern Middle East, particularly Israel, Palestine, and peace attempts. Part of Yale Law School's Avalon Project.

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Books


Collection of declassified United States government documents on foreign affairs and national security since World War II. Documents are grouped by topic or region of the world and cover nuclear history, U.S. intelligence and government secrecy, humanitarian interventions, the 9/11 attacks, and more.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt

Full-Text, Reference

Encyclopedia covering ancient Egyptian civilization from the predynastic era to the seventh century CE.

Slavery and Manumission Manuscripts of Timbuktu

Arabic nineteenth-century manuscripts relating to slavery and manumission in Timbuktu provide documentation on Africans in slavery in Muslim societies.

Tahrir Documents


Archive of translated activist papers from the 2011 Egyptian uprising and its aftermath. Sponsored by UCLA.

Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA)


Collection of texts, photos, maps, and other materials on Western interaction with the Middle East, "particularly travels to Egypt during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries." Provided by Rice University.

UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology

Full-Text, Reference

Scholarly encyclopedia covering ancient Egyptian history and culture. Still a work in progress.

United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine (UNISPAL)


Collection of full-text, United Nations documents related to the question of Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East from 1917 to the present.

Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database


Detailed data on trans-Atlantic slaving voyages from the 16th through 19th centuries.

Wilson Center Digital Archive


Declassified historical materials from archives around the world covering the Cold War, Korea, and nuclear proliferation.